How To Install GCC Compiler on AlmaLinux 8

Install GCC Compiler on AlmaLinux 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install GCC Compiler on AlmaLinux 8. For those of you who didn’t know, The GNU Compiler Collection, commonly known as (GCC), is a software package with compilers and development tools for several programming languages such as C, C++, Objective-C, Fortran, Java, and many more. It is free and open-source software, which means that everyone has the opportunity to contribute or modify the application according to their own needs.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of the GCC Compiler on an AlmaLinux 8. You can follow the same instructions for CentOS and Rocky Linux.

Prerequisites

  • A server running one of the following operating systems: AlmaLinux 8, CentOS, and Rocky Linux 8.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo useror access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install GCC Compiler on AlmaLinux 8

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf update
sudo dnf clean all

Step 2. Installing GCC Compiler on AlmaLinux 8.

By default, GCC is available on the AlmaLinux 8 base repository. Now we run the following command to install the latest GCC Compiler to your system:

sudo dnf group install "Development Tools"

After the compiler and its package are installed, use the following command to show all information about the Development Tools:

sudo dnf group info "Development Tools"

Verify the GCC version installation:

gcc --version

Step 3. Testing The GCC Compiler.

For example, now we create a file called “hello.c” in your home directory with your favorite editor:

sudo nano hello.c

Add the following file:

#include <stdio.h>

int main() {
  printf("idr00t, Hello world!\n");
  return 0;
}

Next, compile the “hello.c” source code:

gcc hello.c -o helloworld

Then, execute the program using the HelloWorld executable file which was created above:

./helloworld

Congratulations! You have successfully installed GCC. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the GCC Compiler on your AlmaLinux 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official GCC website.

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